05 October 2014 Printing/Print Company Profiles

Fourth XL106 confirms Buxton Press business model

The decision to focus on standard format section work and fast perfecting presses has been vindicated.

BUXTON PRESS WILL TAKE DELIVERY of a Speedmaster XL106 in January, its fourth CutStar equipped Heidelberg long perfector.

All have been bought and installed in a £15 million investment programme over little more than two years. And to cope with the extra print capacity, two MBO folders are arriving from Friedheim International, a six-station Muller Martini Primera stitcher and finally a third Fujifilm platesetter is installed in March.

THE LATEST MOVE MARKS a further grow in business and a swing back towards printed magazines, catalogues and brochures that the business produces, built around the company’s emphasis on streamlined production of section work.

It is also a result of what managing director Kirk Galloway calls “tight financial controls”. The company has maintained sales around £16 million, though this will increase in the current financial year as a result of the additional capacity.

“OUR LATEST DECISION TO purchase a fourth XL106 so quickly is a considered response to the significant influx of new work - and more work in the pipeline,” says Galloway.

The company has had prepare the factory laying the base for the press ahead of its arrival in January. The machine is an eight-unit press and should be running in the third week of the new year. The Muller, with five section feeders and cover feeder, arrives around the turn of the year with the two automated folders scheduled for delivery in November and December.

LINDSAY FROST, BUXTON'S HEAD of marketing, says: “Until two years ago, the only thing we heard at Publishing Expo was that printed magazines were dead. The market contracted in terms of run lengths and paginations. Now things are starting to swing back the other ways and we can see volumes growing and growing from existing and new customers. People have realised that print and digital can work together. That is a far more healthy approach.”

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Kirk Galloway has only recently taken delivery of third XL106.

Kirk Galloway has only recently taken delivery of third XL106.